Fleet Has 25 Crown Vics by Force 911 and 40 More Coming
The Sandy Springs Police Department in Georgia has converted 25 Ford Crown Victoria cruisers to propane autogas, “saving more than $11,000 in fuel costs and displacing nearly 10 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over a period of three months,” says Alliance AutoGas.
The department has 40 more propane-gasoline bi-fuel vehicles on order.
They’re all being provided via Alliance AutoGas partner Force 911 of Norcross, Ga., the organization says, with funding through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. Force 911 uses Prins bi-fuel hardware, and also installed a centrally located autogas station for the Sandy Springs fleet.
“The City of Sandy Springs needed a reliable fuel source in case of natural disasters, and propane autogas offers the most viable combination of an American-made clean fuel that also helps reduce our fuel budget,” Capt. Bart Humble says in an Alliance release. “Because of the rising cost of gasoline, our fleet fuel costs nearly doubled in six years. Now, we’re saving $1.70 per gallon or more filling up our patrol cars with autogas.”
Humble says that the Sandy Springs fleet operates on autogas 96% of the time.
“Some officers only had one gasoline receipt for the entire second quarter of 2012,” he says. “Feedback from officers driving the propane vehicles has been extremely positive,” he adds. “The key to the program’s success has been strong commitment from the top of City administration all the way down to the officers in the field.”
“There’s no comparison between propane autogas and compressed natural gas,” Humble says. “We tested CNG vehicles when I was in another department, and the performance was not nearly like running on autogas. You had to refill every 100 miles, and the trunk space was nonexistent.
“With autogas vehicles, you have a very similar experience to driving traditional gasoline vehicles, and my officers can still carry around the equipment they need.”
Talking with Roush, Considering CNG
Force 911 outfits police vehicles with all manner of equipment: lights and radios and police bumpers, K9 and prisoner partitions and laptop mounts, and via its new website is emphasizing propane retrofits. The firm got into propane at the behest of a customer, says alt fuels business development manager Whitney Collins.
Force 911 is in talks to expand to dedicated-propane vehicles using Roush CleanTech systems, and if asked, it will consider doing CNG upfits as well, Collins told F&F.
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